Autopsy Reveals Israeli Forces Shot Palestinian Teen at “Close Range”

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Relatives of 19-year old Palestinian Jihad al-Jaafari, who was shot dead by Israeli Occupation Forces in the Dheishe refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem before dawn, mourn during his funeral in Bethlehem, on February 24, 2015. AFP/Mousa al-Shaer

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Autopsy results for a young Palestinian man killed by Israeli Occupation Forces near Bethlehem early Tuesday revealed that he was shot in the upper body at close range, a forensic expert told Ma'an news agency.

Sabri al-Aloul said that the autopsy results showed that 19-year-old Jihad al-Jaafari bled to death after being hit with an M16 bullet that penetrated his body through the left shoulder and struck his lungs before exiting and causing severe bleeding in his arteries and around his spine.

The killing was "similar to an execution" because he was shot from a very close range, Aloul said.

The autopsy was performed between 10:45 am and 12:30 pm and adhered to international standards, he added.

He said the autopsy was significant given that the report could be used to hold Israel accountable in international courts.

Jaafari was killed early Tuesday during a predawn arrest raid in Bethlehem's Duheisha refugee camp.

Witnesses at the scene saying Israeli forces stopped ambulances from reaching his body.

Earlier this month, Israeli forces shot and injured 17-year-old Jamel Shtewi and 17-year-old Mohammed Yousef Burqan in annexed East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank.

In December, a single bullet to the heart fired by an Israeli soldier was enough to kill 17-year-old Imam Jamil Ahmed Dweikat, a Palestinian teen from the town of Beita south of Nablus.

Imam was the 50th Palestinian to be killed in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces so far that year, and at least the 2,335th Palestinian to be killed by the Israeli military, including those killed in the Gaza Strip.

Since September 2000, following the Second Intifada, at least 9,100 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis, including 2,053 Palestinian children, the equivalent of one Palestinian child being killed every three days for the past 14 years.

The roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict date back to 1917, when the British government, in the now-famous "Balfour Declaration," called for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Zionist state — a move never recognized by the international community.

(Ma’an, Al-Akhbar)


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